MEng

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Program Description

MEng

The Open University

MEng

The MEng is an integrated masters degree in engineering that offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. The MEng course aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). Entry to this qualification is either via our BEng (Hons) (B65 or Q65) or an accredited engineering bachelors degree from another institution.

The MEng must be completed within four years from the date of graduation of the undergraduate degree.

This qualification is accredited for Chartered Engineer status by the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). A pathway through our MEng is also accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Educational aims

This engineering degree builds on recent and previous study and offers you an opportunity to fulfil the educational requirements for chartered status. The MEng programme aims to meet professional development needs as specified by the Engineering Council UK and relevant engineering institutions in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Teaching, learning and assessment methods

Knowledge and understanding are acquired through distance-learning materials, including specially written study materials, module guides, assignments and project guides; through a range of computer-based activities; through CD-ROM, Web- and text-based resource materials; and through tutor feedback on assignments. Computer-conferencing facilities provide an environment where you can deepen your understanding through discussion with other students and tutors.

Within the constraints laid down, you may choose the modules you study, thus developing knowledge and understanding in a range of topics (or ‘streams’) to suit your personal needs and interests.

Cognitive skills are developed through a range of activities including self-assessment exercises, multimedia tasks and computer-based investigations. They are supported by tutor-led discussions and activities at regional tutorials and day schools or online and by tutor feedback on assignments.

The first three of the practical and professional skills (listed above) refer to the vocational relevance of the degree. All teaching and assessment strategies will help you to develop skills that are transferable to the workplace, whatever combination of modules you take. The compulsory Level 3 and Level M projects are designed to consolidate these skills.

The final skill is developed through a hands-on approach using appropriate software packages and associated assessment strategies.

Key skills are taught and developed within the teaching materials. They are explicitly assessed throughout the degree and are supported by tutor feedback on assignments. They are specifically addressed in the two compulsory modules T191 Personal and career development in engineering and T397 Key skills for professional engineers. There are progressively increasing expectations of your key skills as you move from Level 1 through Level 2 to Level 3.

Key skills also have strong vocational relevance and can transfer directly to the workplace.

Teaching and learning will be via study materials (including study guides, textbooks, set books, audio and video material, home activity kits, and module-related software), optional face-to-face or online tutorials, at least two compulsory week-long residential schools, plus individualised tutor feedback.

Continuous assessment will be via written, tutor-marked assignments and/or computer-marked assignments; end-of-module assessment via examination or written project.

On successful completion of the required modules you can be awarded a Master of Engineering entitling you to use the letters MEng (Open) after your name.

Fees and time

The MEng must be completed within four years from the date of graduation of the undergraduate degree.

This qualification comprises of 120 credits of PG study (plus an additional 15 credits of UG study if your UG qualification is not from the OU). For postgraduate study the total cost depends on the modules studied. As a guide the fees for 2012/13 ranged from £5,865 to £6,690. The 2013/14 fees for the undergraduate study component (360 credits) are £5,124 per 120 credits.

NB: As part of the BEng you will required to attend two UK-based residential schools (T176 and T276) and the cost of accommodation, food and travel is not included in the module fee. The MEng also has a compulsory module with UK-based residential schools. This does include accommodation and food but the cost of travel is not included in the module fee.

Career impact

Employers value the OU MEng. With this qualification you will:

  • improve your creative problem solving skills
  • improve your ability to turn concepts into a reality
  • improve your project management and team working skills
  • be well placed to take advantage of employment opportunities both at home and abroad.

Read more about this programme on the Open University website here

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